Scandalous Women of the Bible | Day Two
By: Brittany Green
How’s your prayer life? Have you thought about it lately?
1 Thessalonians 5:16-18 say this: “Rejoice always, pray continually, give thanks in all circumstances; for this is God’s will for you in Christ Jesus.”
Do you know what the Greek word for “pray continually” means? It means to always pray. Without ceasing. There’s no hidden meaning that we can say “oh, continually just means some of the time.” I heard it described like this once: we cannot be incessantly praying in words, but our mind may be held continuously in an attitude of prayer, even in sleep.
So how’s your prayer life compared to this description?
Mine needs some prayer...
We don’t often talk about our prayer lives do we? We like to talk about worship and reading our Bibles, but having a constant mindset of prayer gets overlooked. We pray over meals and tell people we’ll pray for them, but how often do we do it?
I stumbled across this incredible woman that interacts with Jesus, Mary and Joseph early in Jesus’ life. We don’t hear a lot about Jesus’ growing up years, but there are a couple interactions that are highlighted. Anna happens to be one of them. She must be pretty special, don’t you think?
To give a bit of background, Mary and Joseph were taking Jesus to be purified in the Jewish Temple, like good Jewish parents following God’s commands to Moses. They had encountered a man who had been promised by God that he would not die until he met the Messiah. He blesses Jesus, while Jesus’ parents marvel at this, and then they come to Anna.
Read Luke 2:36-38.
What stands out to you about Anna?
Make a list of everything you learned about Anna’s character.
From these brief two verses, we learn that she was married seven years before her husband died. She was a prophetess who is 84 years old. The most shocking thing is that she spends all of her time at the temple, worshiping, fasting, and praying. When she encounters Jesus, Mary and Joseph, she begins praising God for His provision and confirms Jesus’s identity as Messiah. It was probably not very popular or easy for her to be at the temple constantly. She missed out on other things in life, but counted it scandalously worth it because she was in a relationship with God.
What a faithful woman. She devoted her life to prayer and worship. Wouldn’t it be incredible to be known for one who devoted your life to the Lord, to prayer and to worship?
What do you need to do today to increase your faithfulness to God and to prayer?
Prayer is simply speaking to the Lord. Telling Him your heart, your hopes, your fears. And then listening to what He has to say in response.
Spend some time in prayer today.